Chelsea set to host rival Briarwood

Chelsea will play its first home game of the season Friday evening when the rival Briarwood Lions come to town.

Chelsea (0-1) is coming off of a disappointing 42-9 loss to Oak Mountain in the season-opener last week. Briarwood, meanwhile, did not play a regular-season game last week. Instead, the Lions took on Vestavia Hills in a jamboree contest.

Chelsea’s brightest moment last week came when quarterback Turner Griffin found wideout Andrew Bartlewski on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass. The Hornets will hope to hit more big plays this week than against the Eagles.

Friday’s game will be the 30th meeting between Chelsea and Briarwood all-time. Briarwood holds a 20-9 advantage in the series, but Chelsea has won three of the last four matchups. The Lions, who were the Class 5A state runner-up last season, took last year’s contest by a score of 19-7.

The main player to watch for Briarwood is senior quarterback J.R. Tran-Reno, who has already committed to play college football next year at Vanderbilt University.

Chelsea coach Dustin Goodwin will be making his home debut, while veteran Briarwood coach Fred Yancey has more than 300 career wins on his resume. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.